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Ellsbury Out vs. Yankees With Tightness In Groin

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Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – When the Red Sox open their three-game set Yankees in New York on Friday, they’ll do so without Jacoby Ellsbury in the lineup.

The outfielder stole a team-record five bases in Boston’s 9-2 win over the Phillies on Thursday night, but felt tightness in his groin on his record-breaking swipe in the eighth inning.

“The last steal my groin tightened up on me, so I just want to play it safe today,” he told reporters in New York. “It’s day-to-day; we’ll see how it is tomorrow. I got in here early and got all the treatment. I just want to do the right thing so it doesn’t get worse.”

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Ellsbury is batting .400 over his last 10 games and is riding a five-game hit streak. He’ll be replaced by rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. in centerfield, and by left fielder Daniel Nava at the top of the Boston order.

Here is the full Red Sox lineup for Friday night’s game:

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Johnny Gomes, RF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Mike Napoli, 1B

6. Stephen Drew, SS

7. David Ross, C

8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

9 Jose Iglesias, 3B

- Jon Lester, SP

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The Yankees get both Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis back on Friday night, with both being activated from the DL ahead of the game.

Here is New York’s lineup for Friday night:

1. Brett Gardner, CF

2. Kevin Youkilis, DH

3. Robinson Cano, 2B

4. Mark Teixeira, 1B

5. Vernon Wells, LF

6. Jayson Nix, SS

7. David Adams, 3B

8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF

9. Chris Stewart, C

- C.C. Sabathia, SP

Boston comes into the series with a two game lead over New York in the AL East.

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